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Electronic freeway signs will help Toledo drivers

(Toledo News Now) -

Poles are going up on freeways all across the metropolitan area that will soon hold signs displaying critical information for drivers.

The electronic signs will tell drivers what roads to avoid and what to be on the lookout for. It's called the freeway management system. In addition to the signs, there will be nearly 70 cameras mounted along major interstates by the end of next year.

They are already up and running in every major city in Ohio, except Toledo.

"It's really going to make a difference in the way we travel, and it's really going to help northwest Ohio," said Theresa Pollick, spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

The signs alert drivers about construction or accidents on the road, helping them easily navigate what routes are the fastest to take. But the signs could also save lives.

"In case there is an Amber Alert, it's going to help drivers see license plates on the cars, so they will be able to know what's ahead of them, because those license plates will be displayed, the descriptions will," Pollick said.

And all the data from the cameras will be monitored from Columbus and posted online at Ohgo.com, so drivers can check traffic delays and see real-time traffic from home.

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